Sunrise, Haleakalā National Park Visitor Center Parking Lot (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 25 sec, f/8.0, 86mm, ISO 200

One must do when visiting the island of Maui is sunrise at the summit of Haleakalā. The Summit Observation Deck is the best place to catch sunrise. There is limited parking there, so be sure to arrive in plenty of time to get a spot. Otherwise you will be parking at the Visitor Center (pictured above). This is a 25-second exposure which captured three bands of cars headlights arriving at the summit. I always wanted to capture such an image and caught this one without thinking.

Be aware that reservations are required to enter the park for sunrise viewing. Make your reservations well in advance of your visit. Because of the early departure time required to reach the summit, the best time to do this is the day after you arrive on Maui. Because of time zone differences, you will be wide awake very early the first day anyway, so plan on making the drive then.

Puʻuʻulaʻula (Summit Observation Deck): 20.709829° -156.252568°

Sensational Fence and Shadows

On June 12, 2024, in New Mexico, by admin
Santa Fe Fencepost (click image to enlarge)

Nikon D810, 1/60 sec, f/22, 24mm, ISO 200

I captured this image of a fencepost and its shadow in front of Santa Fe’s Loretto Chapel before opening time. The morning sun in that area of Santa Fe makes for such great photography. I was able to capture four blog worthy images within five minutes of each other just waiting for Loretto Chapel to open.

What a great photography destination…

Santa Fe Fencepost: 35.685557° -105.937788°

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Finding Hope in a Crucifix Tree

On June 10, 2024, in New Mexico, by admin
Hanging Crucifixes (click image to enlarge)

This is a wider angle image of one posted a while back (posted here). I usually avoid duplicate images of a subject, but I think this different composition is worth sharing. This one adds more depth to the image with the additional crucifix layers than the previous post.

This tree is located immediately to the left of the entrance to Loretto Chapel.

Loretto Chapel Crucifix Tree: 35.685571° -105.937577°

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